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Hurricane Sandy Costs Total At Least $150,000 In Irvington

Hurricane Sandy damage could cost Irvington up to $200,000.
Hurricane Sandy damage could cost Irvington up to $200,000. Photo Credit: Meredith Shamburger

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – Irvington officials are still calculating how much Hurricane Sandy cost the village, but Village Administrator Lawrence Schopfer estimates it's at least $150,000.

“A lot hinges on how we handle the damage in our Scenic Hudson Park,” Schopfer said. “We are currently reviewing exactly how the damage must be addressed, so that can influence the cost significantly.”

Schopfer's estimates range from $150,000 to $200,000. That figure includes overtime costs for village employees. Other Irvington parks, such as Halsey Pond and the Irvington Woods, also suffered damage in the storm. But the new O'Hara Nature Center made it through the storm intact, officials said.

Throughout Irvington, downed trees and wires shut off electricity to a majority of residents. Flooding was a major issue on Bridge Street. Many restaurants, such as MP Taverna and Red Hat on the River, sustained extensive damage from Sandy and are working to reopen their doors.

The Irvington schools did not sustain major damage during Hurricane Sandy, Superintendent Kristopher Harrison said after the storm. Schools were closed for a week while power was restored to the village and roads were cleared.

Con Edison is still working to repair its system throughout Westchester County by reviewing emergency fixes from the storm's aftermath. Schopfer said he was not aware of any crews making further permanent repairs in the village.

“I’m sure there are areas like that around Irvington, and we fully support this effort so that their system is as strong as possible in time for the next storm event,” he said.

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